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Celebration of Learning

Celebration of Learning will take place at both campuses on Monday, August 3 from 5-7 p.m. Bring your checkbook to purchase your 2015-16 PTA membership and spirit wear.

New School Year

The 2015-16 school year starts on August 5, 2015. Have a great summer!

 

August 3 - Monday
04:30 PM - Safety Patrol/Flag Guard Meeting at the IC
05:00 PM - Celebration of Learning - IC and PC
August 4 - Tuesday
12:00 PM - Staff Lunch
August 5 - Wednesday
08:00 AM - First Day of School
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
August 7 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
02:30 PM - Room Parent sign up form due
August 12 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
09:30 AM - Room Parent meeting
August 17 - Monday
05:30 PM - Kindergarten Orientation
06:30 PM - 1st Grade Orientation
August 18 - Tuesday
05:30 PM - 2nd Grade Orientation
06:30 PM - 3rd Grade Orientation
August 19 - Wednesday
09:30 AM - PTA Committee Chair meeting
05:30 PM - 4th Grade Orientation
06:30 PM - 5th Grade Orientation
August 21 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
10:30 AM - 5th Grade Directory Picture Day
August 25 - Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5th Grade Directory Picture Make-Ups Day
August 28 - Friday
College Colors - Spirit Day
September 2 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
September 3 - Thursday
Reflections Class Rep meeting
September 4 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
September 7 - Monday
Labor Day holiday
September 9 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
September 15 - Tuesday
06:00 PM - Challenge Orientation
07:00 PM - General PTA Meeting
September 17 - Thursday
New Parent Coffee
BoxTops collection
September 18 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
September 25 - Friday
Spirit Day - wear your favorite cap!
October 2 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
October 7 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
October 14 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
October 16 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
October 24 - Saturday
Fall Festival
November 4 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
November 6 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
November 11 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
November 20 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
December 2 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
December 4 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
December 8 - Tuesday
1st grade Candy Gram sale
December 9 - Wednesday
1st grade Candy Gram sale
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
December 18 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
January 1 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
January 6 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
January 11 - Monday
11:30 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
January 12 - Tuesday
11:30 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
January 13 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
January 14 - Thursday
11:30 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
January 15 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
11:30 AM - 4th Grade Field Trip
February 3 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
February 5 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
February 10 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
February 19 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
March 2 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
March 4 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
March 9 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
March 18 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
April 1 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
April 6 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
April 13 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
April 15 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
May 4 - Wednesday
09:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
08:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
May 6 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
May 11 - Wednesday
08:05 AM - Birthday Book Club
May 20 - Friday
07:30 AM - Fidelity Bank

July 8, 2015

Hello Sarah Smith Community -  

I would like to take this opportunity to express to all the parents, faculty, staff, and students of Sarah Smith my deepest appreciation for such a successful year.  I am humbled by the support and kindness shown to me.  I would also like to express my deepest thanks to the three awesome school administrators with whom I worked this year, Freda Hamilton, Jessica Harron, and Eddie McPherson.

eBlast about Class Assignments and Open House (Celebration of Learning) –

An eBlast about class assignments will be sent on July 24, 2015 so that parents will know to go to Infinite Campus to determine homeroom assignments for the 2015-16 school year.  If you need information about how to access Infinite Campus, please feel free to contact the front office staff during regular summer business hours (listed below). 

Open House (Celebration of Learning) is set for Monday, August 3, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  An eBlast will be sent about this event and it will be posted on the school website in the coming days.

Reading skills can be honed throughout the summer in many ways.  Here are some ideas parents can employ with their children:

  • When you read with them, make it your goal to enjoy the book together. You don't have to make them read perfectly! Avoid too much correction. In school next year, the teacher will help them improve their skills.
  • Let younger children "pretend" to read. Read the story aloud together. Let them follow your voice. Have them look at the words as you point to them, even if they aren't actually reading. When they say the wrong word, say the word correctly and cheerfully while pointing to the word.
  • Read aloud to them as you do daily chores, sightsee, or sit on the beach. Read an instruction manual with them as you try to fix something. While visiting a museum, read the interpretive materials. If you see the slightest sign they want to read aloud to you, let them!
  • Model and teach persistence. When you are working on something that is hard, model the discipline and patience that you want them to show while learning to read. Teach them explicitly the value of working hard to do something challenging. Tell them inspirational stories about famous people — or members of your own family — who have overcome obstacles.
  • Be a model of reading. Bring books to the beach and read them. If you are traveling, find a book for the whole family to read and discuss. If you are dyslexic, "read" your taped books on vacation, letting your child see you or give them their own tapes. Show and tell them how you overcome your own difficulties.
  • Have reading matter conveniently available. You might carry small children's books and magazines with you and have them ready when you must wait in line for those crowded amusement park rides and popular sightseeing destinations.

Orchestra

For the 2015-2016 school year, the decision has been made to discontinue offering orchestra as so few students participated in this activity. 

Report Cards

Report cards have been mailed.  If you have not received them, please feel free to call the school office.

Sarah Smith Summer Hours

The school offices will be open 8 AM - 3 PM (closed for lunch 12-1 PM), Monday-Friday through August 4, 2015.  Registrations will be accepted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM. 

Classroom sections for 2015-2016 –

For the 2015-2016 school year, there will be 8 kindergarten teachers and teachers’ assistants, 8 first grade teachers, 9 second grade teachers, 8 third grade teachers, 6 fourth grade teachers, and 6 fifth grade teachers.  We are happy to welcome some new staff members as follows:

Ellie Boydston – First Grade

Michael Rawls – Third Grade

Donnovant Dahunsi – Assistant Principal

One teacher is yet to be confirmed.

Have a safe, relaxing, and fun summer vacation!  We’ll see you in August for

Open House/Celebration of Learning!  Enjoy!

Your Principal,

Ken Proctor, Ed.D.